Names Chosen for Baptism in Termini Imerese: 1542-48

San Giovanni da Capistrano

The given name of Giovanni da Capistrano was one of the most common chosen for baptism in Termini-Imerese. San Giovanni was a Franciscan.

Prominent among the names chosen for baptism in Termini-Imerese are those of saints and well-known Catholics. Many of these names are notable because they were carried by important members of the Mendicant Orders which entered Sicily on missions to convert the Muslim and Jewish constituents of the island kingdom to Catholicism. Primary among these orders were the Franciscans and Dominicans. Perhaps the most famous of the Franciscans to preach in Sicily was San Giovanni da Capistrano to whom the California Mission of San Juan Capistrano in California is dedicated.

Franciscan Baptismal  Name The Person or Place Honored
Alessandro Alexander of Hales
Angelo / Angela St. Mary of the Angels, Assisi / Angela of Foligno
Antonio / Antonia St. Anthony of Padua
Bartolomeo Hermitage of St. Bartolomeo at Brugliano
Bernardino St. Bernardine of Siena
Bernardo / Bernarda Bernardo da Quintavalle
Elisabetta St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Clara St. Chiara Offreduccio
Damiano Church of St. Damian near Assisi
Francesco / Francesca St. Francis of Assisi
Agata St. Agnes of Assisi
Gilormo / Gilorma Blessed Giles of Assisi
Giacomo St. James of the Marches
Giovanni / Giovanella San Giovanni da Capistrano
Luigi St. Louis IX, King of France
Margarita St. Margaret of Cortona
Mariano / Mariana Church of St. Mary of the Angels, Assisi
Matteo Composer of the Gospel according to Matthew
Pietro /  Pietra Pietro Bernardone, father of St. Francis
Raimondo Ramon Lull
Silvestro St. Sylvester of Assisi
Domenican Baptismal  Name Honored
Agostino St. Agostino, Patron Saint of Termini-Imerese
Antonino St. Antonino, Archbishop of Florence, theologion
Bernardo Bernard Gui, Chronicler of Dominican History
Caterina St. Catherine of Siena
Domenico / Domenica St. Dominic de Guzman
Giacomo Bishop Don Diego of Osma
Margarita St. Margaret of Hungary
Nicola Convent of St. Nicholas, Bologna
Pietro / Pietra Peter Cellini of Toulouse
Simone Simon de Montfort
Tommaso St. Thomas Aquinas
Vincenzo St. Vincent Ferrer

The primary names given to those persons baptized in Termini Imerese during the years 1542-48.

Diminutive and double names are excluded from this list. Among the original double names, those beginning with Giovanni are quite numerous in the manuscript. The prevalence of feminine equivalents of masculine saints is noteworthy.

Adolfo :: adulfu

Adiranza :: adjra~za

Adriana :: djana

Agata :: gatj

Agostino :: augustino

Alessandro :: ljxandro / Alessandra :: ljxandra

Alfonso :: alfonſu

Ambrosio :: ambroſo

Anastasia :: nastaſia

Andrea :: andrja

Andreana :: andriana

Angela :: angila / Angelo :: angilo

Anna

Anslonso :: a[n]ſlonzu

Antonello :: antºello / Antonella :: a~tonella

Antonio :: antonj / Antonia :: antona

Antilia :: antjlja

Antonino / Antonina :: antonjna

Apollonia :: apoljnja

Argenta

Armenia :: armenja

Baldasaro :: baldasſaro

Barbara

Bartolo :: bartulu / Bartola :: bartula

Bartolomeo :: bartulumeo / Bartolomea :: bartulumja

Basilano :: baſillano

Beatrice :: bjatrichj

Benedetto :: binidictu

Bernardo :: nardu / Bernarda :: narda

Bettuzza :: bjttucza

Blasio :: blaſj / Blasa :: blaſa

Blonda :: blu~da

Calistro :: caliſtº

Calogero :: caloxaro / Calogera :: caloJara

Camilla :: gamjlla

Cara

Carlo :: carlu

Caspano :: caſpanu

Cassandra :: caſandra

Castillana :: caſtjllana

Caterina :: catarjna

Cecilia :: ſichilja

Cesaro :: ceſaru

Clara

Comino :: comjno

Cornelia

Cosimo :: coſimo / Cosima :: coſima

Costanza :: coſtanſa

Criseda :: criſeda

Crispino

Cristina :: criſtjna

Damiano

Desideria :: deſiderja

Desiata :: djſiata

Domenico :: domjnjco / Domenica :: domjnica

Dulciana Melodia

Elisabetta :: liſabecta

Ercole :: hercolj

Fabbia :: fabia

Fabrizio :: fabricio

Federico :: fedjrjco

Ferdinando

Filippo :: fjljppo / Filippa :: fjljppa

Filomena

Firibella :: firibella

Francesco :: franchjsco / Francesca :: franciſca

Fresina :: friſina

Gabrieli :: grabielj

Gerardo :: girardu

Geronimo :: hieronimo / Geronima :: hieronima

Gesamunda :: geſimunda

Giacomo :: Jacupu / Giacoma :: Jacupa

Giada :: chara

Gianna :: Ja~na

Gignoro :: Jngnoro

Giliberto :: giljbertu

Gilormo :: gilormu / Gilorma

Giorlanda :: Jorla¯da

Giovanni :: Joa~nj / Giovanna :: Joa~na

Giovanni Battista :: joha~battjsta

Giuliano :: Juljano / Giulia :: Julja

Giulio :: gilio

Giuseppe :: Joſeppi / Giuseppa :: Juſeppa

Giustina :: Juſtjna

Grigoli :: grigolj

Gudulena :: guduljna

Guglielmo :: guglelmo

Ignazio :: neſcio

Ippolito :: poljto

Isabella :: ſabella

Laurea :: laurja

Leonardo / Leonarda

Leonora :: lanura

Lorenzo :: laure~ſo / Lorenza :: laure¯za

Luca

Lucia :: luchia / Luciano :: luchjano

Lucrezia :: locrecja

Luigi :: luiſi

Maddalena :: madalena

Manfredi :: manfre

Marco :: marcu

Marfisa :: marfiſa

Margarita :: margarjta

Maria :: marja

Mariana :: marjana / Mariano :: marjano

Mariela

Marina :: marjna

Marinza

Martino :: martjno

Matteo :: matteu / Mattea :: mattja

Michele :: mjchelj / Michela :: michela

Natale :: natalj

Nicola :: cola

Nicolao :: njcolau

Orsola :: urſſula

Ottaviano :: attavjano

Pantolino :: pantoljno

Pasquale :: pasqualj

Paulo :: paulu / Paula

Perna

Petruzzo :: petruzu / Petruzza :: pitruza

Pietro :: petro / Pietra :: petra

Pinta

Prospiro :: sprospiro

Prudenzia :: prodencja

Raineri :: rajnerj

Raimondo :: ramu~do

Rosa :: ruſſa

Salvatore :: ſalvaturj

Santo :: ſanctu / Santa :: sancta

Santoro :: santoru

Sapia

Sarna

Sebastiano :: baſtjano / Sebastiana :: baſtjana

Sibilia :: ſibilia

Silvestro :: ſiljveſtri

Simone :: ſimunj / Simona

Sofia :: sufja

Speranza :: per~sa

Stefano :: ſtefano

Teodoro :: adoru / Dorotea :: adoradea

Teresa :: teresſia

Tommaso :: maſi / Tommasa :: maſa

Valerio :: valerjo

Vatici :: vatichj

Vincenzo :: vicenſo / Vincenza :: vicenſa

Violanti :: violantj

Vito

Vittoria :: victoria

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